Courtney Act responds to RuPaul transphobia accusations
Drag queen RuPaul has come under fire in the past week for the use of the words ‘trannie’ and ‘she-mail’ during the popular cable show RuPaul's Drag Race. Local drag queen Courtney Act, a contestant on the show, has responded to the controversy on Facebook.
Act said she was surprised by RuPaul’s comments.
“I understand and apply in my own life the logic about not giving other people power over how I feel, but I am not 1 in 12 trans people in America who will be murdered,” said Act.
RuPaul has denied any transphobia and defended his use of the word in an interview with comedian Marc Maraon on his podcast WTF With Marc Maron.
RuPaul also spoke on using the word ‘she’mail’ a segment called “you’ve got she-mail” on RuPaul’s Drag Race.
The maligned drag queen told Maron there was nothing wrong with the word trannie and suggested those taking issue with it were not from the trans community.
Logo Television, the company that produces RuPaul’s show issued an apology to viewers and a disclaimer that RuPaul’s views and opinions do not reflect the network
Read Courtney Act’s full response below.
Watch Queens of the Week discuss the She-Mail controversy